Thanks to the Courtyard by Marriott, Albion hotel for sponsoring General Guide XXIX. People are curious as to the opening date.
Jan. 31, 2018 “At this time, we our looking to open towards the end of February. We can’t give a definite date at this time, but we can tell you that we are able to sell rooms for dates of March 9 and beyond.
You can make reservations by calling the reservations hotline, 1 (888) 236-2427, or by going to www.marriott.com/jxnab.”
January, 2018. This view from New Year’s Day of downtown Albion features the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel that will be opening soon. This design, by Maggie LaNoue, was created in commemoration of the 40 year anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978. An iconic photograph of that blizzard, that was in the Albion Recorder that year, was the inspiration for a Christmas card design that was offered at the Storyteller Bookstore.
Forty years later, the same basic view in 2018 includes the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, a renovated Bohm Theatre, and Kids ‘N’ Stuff, a Childrens’ Museum.
“The Food Hub is designed to be a multi-purpose center with an emphasis on generating food-related businesses from the shared-use kitchen,” says Florence. “We’ll serve as an initial home base where small businesses can develop. Additionally, fresh local foods will be sold in the Fresh Food Market year- round, including produce, fruits, dairy, processed meat, honey, jam, vinegars, maple syrup, and hopefully, many other items.”
According to Peggy Sindt, the AEDC’s President, “Supporting food entrepreneurs is a natural extension of the Albion Economic Development Corporation’s long-standing business incubator, which has helped start several manufacturing businesses and supported a technology company. I am excited to think that our commercial kitchen will be the setting for producing great local food products for all of us to purchase and enjoy! Undertaking this initiative in partnership with the Albion Community Foundation and other local groups will be a win-win for Albion.”
“Another program component,” says Florence, “will be space for a ‘winter farmers’ market,’ or at least a fresh food exchange market during the cold months. We have garage space in the rear of the building which can be heated on market days so that buyers can have access to fresh, healthy, food directly from the farmer.” The market will be able to accept SNAP benefits, Project Fresh coupons, and Michigan Double-Up Food Bucks.”
Above, Chef Joe of the Albion Malleable Brewery has been busy testing recipes in the commercial kitchen of the Albion Food Hub.